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Banded Garden Spider

Argiope trifasciata


. Legs long; first two pairs of legs directed forward at rest in web, hind two pairs directed backwards. In female: legs banded in black and brown, or black and yellow, their entire length. In adult males, legs solid light brown or yellow. Each tarsus (tip of leg) has 3 claws. A male and female in the same web. Abdomen oval, distinctly pointed toward rear. Female’s abdomen mostly white or yellow with many thin black traverse lines/grooves. Adult male’s abdomen mostly white or silver with some shimmery gold highlights. Carapace of both genders silver or white. Adult male much, much smaller than adult female.


Prefers open fields, prairies, and more arid habitats than other Argiope species

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Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2014
Submitted on Sep 3, 2014

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